L-R: DSWD Staff during a focus group discussion with Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and a RAC member from PhilHealth conducting one-on-one interview with a non-compliant beneficiary

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD-FO1) and local government units continue to strengthen their partnership in order to help the beneficiaries to become compliant to the conditionalities of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

To assess the impact of the Program and to identify specific key areas needing immediate and appropriate action and come up with recommendations for a better program implementation, the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) conducted the 2nd Quarter on-site monitoring.

The monitoring aims to elicit and consolidate issues and concerns encountered in the program implementation taking note of all the inputs of key implementers, partners, and stakeholders on how these would be addressed and resolved.

Non-compliant beneficiaries, Parent Leaders, Education service providers, Health service providers, Municipal Links, Social Welfare Assistants, Local Government Unit Links, and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers were interviewed by the RAC Members properly guided by a questionnaire adopted from the National Program Management Office (NPMO).

The RAC Members found out that the areas affecting the compliance of the beneficiaries in the monthly Family Development Session is due to work while student grantees were absent because they help in the family’s livelihood. In the focus group discussions, the beneficiaries cited the need for sustainable livelihood projects to help them meet their everyday needs and scholarships for their children who graduated from high school.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program aims to continue its goal to efficiently and effectively carry-out its objectives to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of our poor households. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/Pantawid Pamilya)